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Arts grant, Gary and Robbie tribute, handbag amnesty

Coventry Editorial 28th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ARTS group Arty-Folks has been handed £1,400 by the city council to run a stage design project for adults suffering with mental stress.

The money has paid for theatre designer Trudy Rees-Marklew to teach members the skills that bring a story to life and capture the imagination of an audience.

Lorella Medici, Arty-Folks manager, said: “We started our first art group for adults suffering with stress, anxiety and depression with a grant from the council in 1995, and we have since grown steadily from an informal art group into an organisation that is now providing a consistent anchoring point for adults with mental health issues.”

The art group meets at the Artspace Studios on Lower Holyhead Road every Wednesday 12.30 and 2.30pm, costing £2 per session.

GARY Barlow and Robbie Williams tribute acts will perform at a summer ball aim to raise £20,000 for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

Casino-style games, magic and tribute acts are among the attractions at the 007-themed Casino Royale Ball at Coombe Abbey Hotel on Friday, June 6. Full Length and Fabulous in Nuneaton is the main sponsor while other supporters include estate agents Shortland Horne.

Tickets cost £75 each or £750 for a table of ten, and include a drinks reception and three-course dinner from the hospice on 024 7636 1675.

Corporate fund-raising manager Muna Chauhan: said “It will give us much-needed funds towards this vital service which has proven a lifeline to many families in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond for the past three years.”

ENOUGH handbags to fill the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance helicopter have been collected at its fund-raising shops.

All 28 held a Hand In Your Handbags’ amnesty from April 21 to May 4, collecting a staggering 2,665 which it has been estimated will raise £10,000 – enough to pay for six rescue missions.

The store on Foundry Walk in Cheylesmore collected the second highest amount at 256.

Hannah Coventry, senior retail area manager, said: “This will make a significant difference to shop sales over the coming weeks.”

THE changing rooms at Coventrians RFC are to get a makeover as part of the NatWest RugbyForce scheme.

A team of volunteers is being recruited ahead of the DIY revamp on June 21 and 22 that will also see other parts of the club’s ground on Tile Hill Lane improved.

It will be funded by £2,500 grant from RugbyForce, a nationwide programme developed by the RFU to help community clubs improve their facilities with the long term goal of becoming stronger businesses.

President Steve Springate said: “With the external changing rooms up and running we will be able to offer rugby union as a sport to more age groups and get more young people involved in playing and managing sport.”

To help out call Rebecca Halliwell on 07894 672069 or Mr Springate on 07712 051906.

WOMEN are being sought to take part in a groundbreaking international study looking at whether a drug which helps diabetic patients lose weight could also help those with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

It is the most common hormone disorder in women pre-menopause, but there are very limited options for treatment.

University Hospital is carrying out the first study of its kind in Europe over the coming year with Warwick Medical School to look at whether adding a drug called Liraglutide will improve symptoms.

Consultant Dr Harpal Randeva: “This study is a fantastic opportunity to help improve the lives of countless women, not just in Coventry and Warwickshire but across the world.”

Anyone diagnosed with PCOS can apply to take part by calling 02476 965249.

NEW rules governing the minimum cost of alcohol came into force on Wednesday with a warning to shopkeepers from Coventry Trading Standards.

Alcohol must not be sold below the cost of duty charges and VAT which is 96p for a two litre bottle of cider, £8.89 for a 70cl bottle of vodka and £2.46 for a 750ml bottle of wine.

Last year trading officers seized bottles of 70cl vodka at £7.99 as the duty stamp appeared to be counterfeit.

Allan Harwood, of the city’s trading standards, said: “What may seem like a good deal when buying cheap alcohol can in fact, be far more serious as the product may be duty evaded, counterfeit or in a few cases could potentially cause significant damage to your health.”

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